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SpaceX's Reusable Rockets Win US Air Force General's Endorsement (bloomberg.com) 70

As the military looks to drive down costs, the head of U.S. Air Force Space Command said he's "completely committed" to launching future missions with recycled rockets like those championed by SpaceX's Elon Musk. "It would be 'absolutely foolish' not to begin using pre-flown rockets, which brings such significant savings that they'll soon be commonplace for the entire industry, General John W. 'Jay' Raymond said," reports Bloomberg. From the report: "The market's going to go that way. We'd be dumb not to," he said. "What we have to do is make sure we do it smartly." The Air Force won't be able to use the recycled boosters until they're certified for military use, a process that Raymond suggested may already be in the works. "The folks out at Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles that work for me would be in those dialogues," he said, declining to specify when certification could take place. "I don't know how far down the road we've gotten, but I am completely committed to launching on a reused rocket, a previously flown rocket, and making sure that we have the processes in place to be able to make sure that we can do that safely."
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SpaceX's Reusable Rockets Win US Air Force General's Endorsement

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  • By coincidence, just re-reading Sky Masters.

  • by nospam007 ( 722110 ) * on Wednesday October 18, 2017 @08:01AM (#55389183)

    No more 1500$ toilet seats and 300$ hammers?

    No more paying Boeing 20 times the amount needed?
    (as hidden subsidies, so that they can still exist on the world market?)

    • Re:Wot? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Baron_Yam ( 643147 ) on Wednesday October 18, 2017 @08:31AM (#55389337)

      >No more paying Boeing 20 times the amount needed?
      (as hidden subsidies, so that they can still exist on the world market?)

      No need to hide it, Trump just claims Bombardier has an unfair advantage, gets tariffs levied against them as competition, and ignores any inconvenient facts about US government support of Boeing. Sorry, not "ignores", "lies and says they don't exist".

      America has a post-fact economy now.

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